The big news from Globe Life Park on Friday was ... that the Texas Rangers are in agreement with Kyle Lohse on a minor-league deal pending a physical.
The Triple A rotation needs a starter and the starting depth needs to be restored after Anthony Ranaudo was traded Thursday to the Chicago White Sox. Yu Darvish is also no longer a part of the Round Rock rotation.
Lohse could end up pitching for the Rangers, though he’s probably third in the pecking order at Triple A. Maybe fourth.
Maybe the Rangers signed him to keep him away from the Los Angeles Angels, who are in dire need of starting help. So dire that maybe they would consider a pitcher like Lohse, who went 5-13 with a 5.85 ERA last season.
In fairness to Lohse, the four seasons before 2015 were pretty good when he was 32, 33, 34 and 35.
Now, onto the real big news of the day.
Here’s some Rangers Reaction from a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
1. Matt Bush has fulfilled his dream, not to mention the dream of the many fans who saw him in spring training, by pitching the major leagues. The Rangers purchased his Double A contract Friday and stuck him in their bullpen.
He then provided their top highlight with a dazzling ninth inning in the loss to the Blue Jays.
Bush throws hard, really hard, and his curveball is a plus pitch. His slider, clocked at 93 mph, is getting to that point. The bullpen needs his power with Keone Kela (elbow) and Tanner Scheppers (knee) out until July.
The Rangers were never worried about the baseball side of things with Bush. He is a recovering alcoholic who spent 34 months in jail from December 2012 to October 2015. He’s been a free man again for not even seven months, and now he’s in the major leagues.
Nights are late. Pressure can be high. Beer is readily available on charter flights and buses.
But like Josh Hamilton before him, Bush will have someone with him on the road. It’s too bad Hamilton isn’t currently around the team.
In listening to Bush, though, it sounds like he’s putting up a good fight with alcoholism, a disease. It’s a tough fight. Bush, 30, also knows the chance he’s been given.
“It think it’s a miracle I’m here,” he said.
Bush pitched the ninth inning Friday as the Blue Jays pulled away late. The baseball part is going to be fine. He made it sound like the off-the-field stuff will be, too.
2. The corresponding move to create a roster spot for Bush was to send center fielder Delino DeShields to Triple A Round Rock, a move that was coming but wasn’t expected until Shin-Soo Choo returned from the disabled list.
General manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister spoke of the need for DeShields to come back and be a catalyst for the lineup, just as he was last season. Banister told DeShields to use Rougned Odor, sent down last April after a crummy start, as the blueprint for his time in the minors.
Odor was down around a month. The Rangers had Tommy Field and Hanser Alberto at second base while Odor was down. They are much better equipped in the outfield this year.
The outfield alignment once Choo returns next week will be Nomar Mazara in left field, Ian Desmond in center and Choo in right, with Ryan Rua and Drew Stubbs on the bench. Hamilton is going to need a roster spot if he’s able to come back.
Barring an injury or a trade, where does DeShields fit? He doesn’t.
It might be next season before he’s a regular again, with Desmond a free agent and possibly headed elsewhere. If Desmond leaves, DeShields would still need the Rangers to decide that Lewis Brinson isn’t ready for full-time duty.
3. The offense needed a spark of some sort against R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer who entered with a 5.18 ERA and a 1-4 record. He dialed up eight scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, against the new-look Rangers lineup that scored six runs Wednesday.
They came within about six feet of three runs, had Ryan Rua’s second-inning drive down the left-field line stayed fair. It didn’t.
The lack of run support shouldn’t come as a surprise. Martin Perez was on the mound, and it appears as though he has drawn the run-support short straw for this season. It happens to someone every season.
He entered with only 2.63 runs of support per nine innings, sixth-fewest in the majors and third-fewest in the AL. He didn’t get support from Elvis Andrus in the sixth, as the shortstop dropped a chopper that could have been a double play.
One of the two runs Perez allowed in 6 1/3 innings was unearned. The other came home on a wild wild pitch by Sam Dyson.
Afterward, Perez said that he had pitched well, and he had. Banister was a little less enthusiastic about the outing — lukewarm comes to mind — saying twice that Perez continues to walk too many batters. He walked three, one of them coming after the Andrus error that led to the unearned run.
Maybe the manager is trying to emphasize to Perez that he can be better. Maybe it was the loss, the fourth straight to the Blue Jays. Whatever it was, Perez was better than lukewarm.